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RE: Key West or Out West

Just FYI, many places out West will still have snow in May -- it depends on the year and how much snow we get. June is great -- all of the waterfalls are running.
profdant139 01/26/21 05:41pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Improving a Suburban Furnace

A noisy furnace is not a problem -- it's an advantage! The noise is so unpleasant that it reminds us not to use it unless absolutely necessary (like at shower time every evening). That thing is an electricity hog! Yes, that means that the interior of our trailer is cold, especially when we are snow camping. As the Eskimos supposedly say, "There is no bad weather, only bad clothing." Bundle up! ;) Seriously, though, if there were a way to make it both quieter and more energy efficient, I would jump at the chance to do so.
profdant139 01/26/21 05:38pm Tech Issues
RE: Boondock towing

wopachop, that is an interesting point about steep angles. We often encounter "water bars," which are a cross between a speed bump and a ditch. A water bar angles across the roadway at a diagonal, in order to avoid erosion as the water flows down the roadway. Those obstacles often cause my truck and my trailer to take very different fore and aft "pitch" angles, as the wheels slowly cross the vertical plane of the water bar. Lots of stress on the running gear -- much steeper than the worst gas station. So if crazy angles are bad for a WDH, maybe it is a good idea to take steps to protect the hardware when towing on rough forest roads?? (Again, bear in mind that I know nothing about WDHs, so my comments may reflect my ignorance!)
profdant139 01/25/21 02:16pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Boondock towing

That's a big hitch!! ;) Maybe try posting it with this great app: Photoposting app I think it resizes the image. The app is so easy to use -- just select your image, and then copy the URL that pops up, and then paste the URL in your message.
profdant139 01/25/21 01:56am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Boondock towing

Steve, with reference to ordinary friction sway bars, they greatly reduce the trailer coupler's freedom to twist on uneven surfaces. So that is why I remove the sway bar on rough forest roads -- to let the trailer move independently of the tow vehicle. Often, in really bad conditions, the tow vehicle is tilting to the left while the trailer is tilting to the right -- that does not happen on pavement! So my goal is to let the trailer tilt as much as it wants to, thus minimizing torque on the whole hitch ball and coupler assembly. I'm not sure if the same reasoning applies to a WDH -- I don't know enough about WDH systems to comment.
profdant139 01/24/21 09:44pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Boondock towing

I always remove our sway bar when we go off the pavement -- it allows the trailer greater freedom of movement as we slowly drive through rocks and ruts. But the sway bar is very easy to remove and stow -- I am guessing that a weight distribution hitch would be much more cumbersome.
profdant139 01/24/21 12:54pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Your Favorite Boondocking Pics

This was taken at Kelso Dunes in the Mojave Desert, mid-December of 2020: https://i.imgur.com/1D9zTiul.jpg "border=0" https://i.imgur.com/m3zZPvb.pngClick For Full-Size Image.
profdant139 01/23/21 10:46pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: California Sierras - Yosemite etc - July 2021

rvshrinker, if you want to hike Whitney Portal and need hookups, Boulder RV in Lone Pine is the way to go. If you can do without hookups, Tuttle Creek Campground is fine. But be aware that the Owens Valley can get very hot in June. It is a little harder to find hookups near the Kearsarge trailhead -- maybe look into Keough Hot Springs? All of the forest service campgrounds in that area (like Taboose, I think) can accommodate bigger rigs. Take a look at forestcamping.com -- very helpful info about forest service campgrounds. It sounds like you are serious hikers, since you mentioned backpacking. There is great backpacking and day hiking in Sequoia, and the forest service campgrounds are at high altitude (and are thus cooler) than in Yosemite Valley. Check out Azalea Campground at Kings Canyon -- room for bigger rigs, cool and shady. If you want hookups, I'd recommend Sequoia RV in Three Rivers. If you don't need hookups, look into Potwisha Campground. From either of those places, take your tow vehicle and "commute" to the Giant Forest/Lodgepole area. Bear in mind that depending on the year, there might still be snow above 9000 feet in June, which would affect some of the trails in Sequoia National Park. We just hike right through the snow, but not everyone enjoys that. Let us know if you'd like tips on hikes in Sequoia and Kings Canyon -- there are dozens of trails!
profdant139 01/23/21 10:26am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: CA Hwy 1

For whatever this is worth, I have made that trip several times towing a small trailer. We did not cross over the line at all. But it is a twisty road, sometimes busy, and the driver will not get to do much sight-seeing. Average speeds are substantially less than 30 mph, especially if there is local traffic making left turns. (Obviously, it is a narrow two lane road, and there are few if any left turn bays.). And some of those locals brake real fast before using the turn signal, so watch out. Don't ask how I know this. If your destination is on Highway 1, such as the RV park at Westport or whatever, then of course you would take the coast. But if you want to get up the coast faster, take Highway 20 to the 101. And if you want to stop and take pictures, you are much better off doing that when traveling southbound. There are pullouts with great ocean views. Not so much when heading northbound.
profdant139 01/17/21 05:48pm Roads and Routes
RE: Group 27 deep cycle battery + 2000W inverter

Bear in mind that if you draw the battery down below a 50 percent state of charge, you are damaging the battery. (I don't know how much it damages the battery, but that is what they say.) So although the battery might be adequate in the short run, it might not be worth the cost in terms of reduced battery life. Group 31 batteries have a lot more capacity and are about the same size as a Group 27. Much heavier, though -- lifting them in and out of the battery box is great exercise!! ;)
profdant139 01/16/21 09:49pm Tech Issues
RE: Turlock California to Orlando FL in 12/21

If you take I-10, maybe spend a few days in Cajun Country -- the music and the food are amazing.
profdant139 01/13/21 07:09pm Roads and Routes
RE: California Sierras - Yosemite etc - July 2021

This might be of some interest -- lots of photos, too: Tioga area blog post
profdant139 01/12/21 09:56pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Long Trips And Medicine Damage

Shouldn't this thread be in DIY -- it's sort of a mod, after all! ;) Seriously, this is a good idea -- pills in an RV get badly shaken and are often chipped.
profdant139 01/11/21 02:29pm Tech Issues
RE: California Sierras - Yosemite etc - July 2021

Tuolumne Meadows Campground is not big rig friendly at all -- I'm not sure a 28 footer will fit there. Going to the high country of Yosemite is a great idea -- amazing hiking, much cooler, less crowded than the Valley. Maybe stay at Mono Vista RV in Lee Vining and commute to the high country up Tioga Road in your tow vehicle?? We have done that many times, when Tuolumne is full. Maybe check out Saddlebag Lake Campground, a forest service facility at 10,000 feet -- I think it accommodates bigger trailers. You mentioned boondocking -- there is no boondocking in Yosemite, and the nearest forest service boondocking for bigger rigs is off Highway 395 south of June Lake, near Obsidian Dome.
profdant139 01/09/21 11:01pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Chock RV on snow/ice. NEED HELP!!!

Bob, those are good suggestions. But if you crank your jack down to serve as an anchor point without the jack wheel, and if the trailer then shifts a little after you chock the wheels and unhitch, the stem of the jack can be bent a little, making it impossible to retract the jack. Please don't ask how I know this. The good news is that replacing a bent jack is not that expensive or difficult.
profdant139 01/09/21 10:53am Travel Trailers
RE: Camco sewer lugs out of spec? An easy fix but very odd

Those are very discouraging stories -- it sounds like quality control in every sector of the economy is in decline. That seems strange, since the advent of the Internet has supposedly "democratized" consumer opinions -- we leave bad reviews, and that should alert other customers (and the suppliers) that something is wrong. The same thing is true for website design -- it so often happens that I have a technical question about a piece of RV equipment, I visit the manufacturer's site, and there is no good way to navigate the site to resolve the problem. And the "chat" function is no substitute for good, useful, easy to access content -- chats are hit or miss, depending on the quality of the customer service representative. The companies could save themselves so much time and money by providing the customers with a decent interface, filled with useful info. But that is the exception, not the rule. Grumble. Frown.
profdant139 01/02/21 10:06am Tech Issues
Camco sewer lugs out of spec? An easy fix but very odd

I just got one of these little fixtures: https://i.imgur.com/ScVCzlzl.jpg "border=0" https://i.imgur.com/m3zZPvb.pngClick For Full-Size Image. I was surprised that the lugs, those nubs that slip into the bayonet fitting, were out of spec -- just a fraction of a millimeter too fat. The lugs on all my other sewer hardware (Valterra and Rhino) fit just fine into the various bayonet items that I own. But the Camco didn't. I took a calipers (caliper singular??) and measured the lugs -- sure enough, the Camcos were wider than all of the others. Fortunately, the fix was easy -- I used a flat file to reduce the circumference of the four lugs. It took about a half hour of filing, and trying the fit, and filing some more. Eventually, it worked just fine. But here are my questions (and you knew they were coming) -- aren't these items designed and manufactured to be interchangeable? Isn't anyone in China (where this was made) in charge of quality control? Don't they test these items out before they are mass-produced? This is emphatically NOT a China rant -- whether we like it or not, they are the world's manufacturer for the foreseeable future. Instead, this is about the company's puzzling failure to act in its own self-interest -- isn't it cheaper to do it right the first time, rather than to wait for a wave of consumer complaints?? This is not rocket science.
profdant139 01/01/21 05:07pm Tech Issues
RE: Fresh h2o backing up and overflowing fresh h2o holding tank

One other low-tech possibility -- if the flexible fill tubes run under the dinette seats, and if someone has put bulky cargo items into the storage hatch below the seat, and if that cargo bends the fill tube upward, then water may shoot out of that fill tube when you are trying to fill your tank, thus soaking your pants. Remove the offending cargo and try it again after changing your pants. Please don't ask how I know this.
profdant139 01/01/21 09:19am Tech Issues
RE: Trip report: Boondocking in Mojave Desert -- blog post

Thanks for all of the kind words! JDC correctly mentioned that 85 percent of the folks see nothing but "nothingness." Sadly, for many years we were among the 85 percent who had just driven through the Mojave Desert, going to and from Utah, never thinking about stopping in all of that nothingness. And then we tried it, basically because we were forced into it -- because of Covid, there was literally nothing available other than boondocking on BLM land. What did we find? Nothingness -- but a great kind of nothingness. Silence. Isolation. Huge horizons and astonishing stars. We'll be back, for sure. (But only in cool weather.). ;)
profdant139 12/28/20 07:49pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
Trip report: Boondocking in Mojave Desert -- blog post

We took a quick trip to the desert -- boondocking at Kelso Dunes. Here's a link to our blog post: Mojave Desert blog post
profdant139 12/27/20 04:51pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
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